Turkey Salmonella Outbreak: 40 People Hospitalized

The latest food illness infecting people across the United States is a salmonella outbreak linked to raw turkey. There have been 90 cases reported and 40 people have had to seek medical attention for the infection in 26 states as of July 11, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

No deaths have been reported in the recent outbreak of salmonella, which has been going on for several months. The earliest case of the illness started on November 20, 2017, and the most recently recorded with the CDC was reported on June 29, 2018.

The youngest person who got sick with the infection was less than a year old, while the oldest person was 91 years old. Of the 61 people interviewed, two of them got sick after feeding their pets food that contained turkey.

The contaminated turkey was traced back to 19 slaughterhouses and six processing establishments in addition to actual live turkeys in "several states," according to the CDC. There are many different strains of salmonella and while not all of the strains of salmonella tested positive for antibiotic resistance, some of them did. There were 33 isolates from people and 49 isolates found in the food and animal samples that proved to be resistant to some common antibiotics.

Symptoms of salmonella:

People who fall ill with salmonella experience diarrhea, stomach cramps, and sometimes a fever as well. It can take anywhere from 12 hours to three days for the symptoms to develop. The symptoms can last anywhere from a few days to an entire week, but most people recover on their own.

Sometimes, those infected will need medical attention if they become dehydrated or if it spreads to the bloodstream or another part of the body, according to the CDC.

How to know if your turkey is ok to eat:

There is no recall on turkey and the CDC is not advising consumers to stop eating turkey, nor are they advising retailers to stop selling turkey products. The CDC is, however, advising those who are cooking raw turkey to be sure they fully cook it and to thoroughly clean the cooking area and their hands after touching the raw meat. "This outbreak is a reminder that raw turkey products can have germs that spread around food preparation areas and can make you sick," said the CDC website.

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There have been 40 people hospitalized for salmonella contracted from under-cooked turkey or the germs found on raw turkey. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
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